Sunday, May 06, 2007

Tomo's socks

Sit n Knit NY, my knitting group, hosted a sock exchange we dubbed secret feet. I signed up and received my pal's info. Tomo (bloggless but I have seen her amazing work at meetups) said she liked sky blue, sage, warm yellow, soft yarn, not lacy socks and she kind of wished she had these. I was not sure about the Knitty pattern and I took one look at my sock yarn stash and knew I just simply had nothing there... I was in trouble... I received my copy of Favorite Socks and Ilga's socks by Nancy Bush called Tomo's name. Off I went to LYS looking for soft sock yarn in sage. But in yarn sage is very open ended! What color is sage to you? Koigu seemed the obvious choice but none of the LYS in NYC had the right shade and i did not want to buy on line since I knew I had to see it. At Purl Soho I found this from Nature's Palette, all natural dyed merino, and I had the other Koigu colors at home. I had option 1 and option 2 of color combinations. I went with option 1. To get the gauge I had to knit on size us 0. my first time on such small needles. Remind me not to use 0 again for fair isle. I decided to change the pattern a bit, without the braid at the top, less stitches for the foot and to knit Tomo's name into the sock. I did each fair isle section separately and after that together. I did not like the way the toes knit up according to the pattern, so I frogged it ( a day before the deadline!) and did a classic toe. The hardest thing was knitting for someone by measurements and not by trying it on my foot. I was in suspense until she had them on! They fit!!The sock exchange was awesome. We all ended up with very happy feet. I am waiting for my sock buddies to post group pix so I can post them, but I received the most luxurious pair of Rosa's Socks in the richest red koigu. I looooooooove them! They are awesome Annie!! Thanks.
Rosa's socks in rich red koigu!
ETA: Circle of socks. And go see all the gorgeous socks here!!!

32 comments:

Mz Kwooz said...

The socks you knit for Tomo totally rocked my socky world! There's a group picture over on my blog if you want to get it or look at it. I can also send you the pic if you want.

Annie said...

I posted pics on Sit n' Knit. Let me know if you want any of them emailed to you. Your socks were AMAZING! I wish I was better at fair isle. I am so glad that you were happy with the socks I made. This was so much fun!

Liz K. said...

That's your first Fair Isle? They are gorgeous!

Dave said...

Beautiful job on the colour work, and I love how you customized the pattern for Tomo. Your red Rosa's look rich!

Cathy said...

Woooo... what beautiful socks! You did great.

kathy in juneau said...

Wow! Awesome sockes!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a complimentary comment!

It's always nice to "meet" someone new.

Knittypants said...

Gorgeous Socks, I really like the ones you made, I haven't seen that pattern before.

And your new socks are super pretty as well.

artyfartykat said...

Wow, wow WOW! I lurrrve the socks for Tomo, I wonder if I could change my name? They are just amazing. I'm actually viviting Fair Isle in June, perhaps someone there will be able to teach me to knit fairisle as well as you!
Love your red Rosa's too!

sarah said...

You have a really great sense of colour; Tomo's socks look wonderful. I've got the yarn for fair-isle socks, but have so far lacked the courage :-) The red socks will warm your feet with wool as well as gifting and glorious colour.

Sonya said...

With her name on the cuff - beautiful!

Knitting Ewe said...

Hila, you totally out knit yourself! Bravo! There must be something to knitting with two pairs of glasses!

Judy said...

Gorgeous socks! I love the fair isle. Those are just yummy, yummy!

brooke said...

Tomo's socks are gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful knitting.

pat said...

What a beautiful version of Ilga's socks!
Tomo is one lucky exchange pal!!!

Kelly said...

ohhhh I love the tomo socks they are beautiful! What a great job!

Krawuggl said...

Your socks are beautiful! I mean the ones you´ve knitted although the reds also look great. But your colour combo is fantastic and Fair-Isle on socks? - what a gorgeous job!

Garngamen said...

That was rocking socks! And yours are fantastic! I luve that colourblend. Tomo! Looks almost Estonian to me.. Fantastic! Amazing. Wow! Hurray for you (and the lucky winner!)
Fab fab fab!

swapstergirl said...

those socks are stunning I am truly in awe!!

Artis-Anne said...

Oh wow ,how fanatastic is this post ? I love the ones you made with her name in it so gorgeous and I bet doing fair isles on size 0 where hard on the hands and such great colours.I love the ones you received and seeing all those socks in a circle, what a great idea.

aquaknits said...

I love the colors you chose for the socks (I can totally see a whole sweater in those colors). They're works of art! And your Roza socks are just beautiful too, they really do look rich and classy in that deep color.

tiennie said...

Those are so amazing! Love all the sock pics!

Code Purl said...

Those socks are out of this world! You're my knitting inspiration :-)

Dorothy said...

Gorgeous socks! I love the Fair Isle pattern and how you incorporated her name into them. The socks you received are beautiful too.

gail said...

Lots of gorgeous socks on those feet, but yours (the ones you made for Tomo) are magnificent. What a precious gift for Tomo. Knitting her name into the socks was true EZ. Good job!!

Mrs J said...

Awesome!The colours are fantastic.

Rain said...

The socks you made are so beautiful, I'm in complete awe of them.

The red ones look lovely too.

wendy said...

Wow - there are some LOVELY socks there and what a wonderful idea to knit for each other. I may have to suggest something similar for my knitting group.

gail said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Actually, I worked out a way to make the points line up. I had to "fudge" a bit, but that's what EZ tells us to do. I will still take it to camp along with my photo and ask them what happened. I want to wear my shawl at camp, therefore, I went ahead and did my own work-around. I'll post a photo later this week--after I finish my instructional video on making a bibliography for 5th graders.

astrid said...

great colour combo!

Nad said...

Wow. Fair Isle still scares me to pieces and theses socks? AWESOME!
Also love the Roza's in the Koigu and the little card that came with it. I have one skein of red Koigu in the stash- sadly not two of them or I'd so knit these socks.

Nina said...

No other words for this post than WOW!!!!! (And note to myself - I have to start knitting socks soon....)

nona said...

What an excellent sock exchange. Your Tomo socks are a master piece -- both inside and out!